Stoute’s horses are firing - Moore for the title?
17 August 2012
5.40 Newbury Matavia Bay
A rare treat for me yesterday as I spent it at my spiritual home, Lord’s. Now I was eager for South Africa to bat first and while on public transport to the ground I learned they had won the toss and opted to head to the crease. What I didn’t bank on was seeing nine of the seven South Africans bat! Smith was out cheaply for 14, couldn’t happen to a nicer man, but I felt sorry for Petersen, who walked unprompted and in hindsight probably shouldn’t have. Amla got bowled by a beauty – it’s worth watching that corker from Finn over and over again. Kallis was unfortunate, it wasn’t beyond reasonable doubt and he should have stayed at the crease for longer. AB de Villiers momentary loss of concentration cost him dear and then suddenly all change and South Africa showed why they should be world number one and got themselves part out of a sticky situation.
During the lunch break I bumped into Ed Chamberlain, who is going to guide you through the impending Premier League season on Sky Sports. He is a true gent, who has always got time for everyone but still couldn’t help me with a banker for my Fantasy Football team!
While I was absorbing many overs of superb cricket, a few jockeys and trainers were boosting their strike rates. Michael J M Murphy and Alan Jarvis are a formidable team and I’m keen to follow them at Newbury. Silvestre de Sousa was cut by William Hill to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Jockeys’ title - no surprise as he is five winners from his last six rides. Cathy Gannon is inspired at present, while Sir Michael Stoute’s runners are finally making their presence felt which should be cause to shorten Ryan Moore for the Jockeys’ title.
Don’t get cross with me now, but last week I was on the brink of buying a Spurs shirt with the number 3 printed on the back and of course Bale’s name. I baulked, however, at the £55 price tag as there were a huge quantity of NFL baseball caps which were also luring at a much more reasonable price, three of them or one Tottenham shirt? However my hesitancy proved justified when I learned today that the Welsh wonder’s squad number this year is in fact probably going to be 11!!!! Take heed all Spurs fans, “To do is to do your money” and not “To do is to dare”!
Today’s jobs include researching stats for next week at York. Once the entries are through for Thursday type up potential key horses and footage for Wednesday and Thursday. Write Saturday’s Daily Record column and start the templates for next week’s programmes.
Alan Jarvis and Michael J M Murphy have teamed up for five winners from their last ten runners
Sir Michael Stoute has had seven winners, two seconds and two thirds from his last 13 runners
Roger Varian has had four winners from his last 11 runners
Silvestre de Sousa has had five winners from his last six rides
Cathy Gannon has had three winners from her last seven rides
Nine of the last ten winners have come from the top four in the betting
Nine of the last ten winners were drawn lower than stall six
Nine of the last ten winners were priced 10-1 or shorter